A reasonable percentage of celebrity success stories usually involve some form of emigration – people who have had to leave their home country to succeed in a foreign territory. The story of Christian Yu is the opposite; he traveled across the seas to return to his homeland and start a career in the music industry. Today, he is celebrated as one of the best in his field in the musical landscape of South Korea.
Who is Christian Yu?
Christian Yu was born on September 6, 1990, in Australia, in the city of Sydney, as Yu Ba Rome. Not much is known about Yu’s heritage, apart from the fact that his parents are from South Korea. Nothing else is known about their identity. Yu Ba Rom, his parents’ only child, fell in love with music and dance at a young age.
He received his school and university education in Australia. It is not exactly known which high school he attended, but Yu went to the University of Sydney. His main subjects were science and art.
By this time Christian Yu was already a dancer and felt strongly attracted to the world of music and entertainment. Eventually, the attraction became too strong for him to ignore, so Yu decided to drop out of university and return to his home country, South Korea, to pursue a career in the industry. Yu Ba Rom originally intended to become a professional bboy dancer when he landed in the city of Seoul, but fate had other plans for him.
Christian Yu’s time with the K-pop Band C-Clown
He achieved his first fame with the South Korean boy group C-Clown. The K-Pop group was signed to Yedang Entertainment and had five other members besides Ba Rom: Siwoo, Ray, Kang Jun, T.K., and Maru. Yu Ba Rom was named Rome, which is obviously an offshoot of his surname Rome.
Ba Rom’s C-Clown – the abbreviation for Crown Clown – released their first studio project on July 18th, 2012. It was a mini-album called Not Alone. The success of the album and its lead single “Solo” brought them much needed recognition. They got on Mnet’s radar and soon made their debut in Mnet’s program M! Countdown.
On November 15th of the same year, Yu and his boy band broke off their second project called Young Love. Inspired by Rome’s diverse musical tastes, the group explored different musical genres on their next album than on their last two pop albums, which is why the album entitled Shaking Heart was released on April 2, 2013.
With the release of a few singles in early 2014, the group continued to push their boundaries. They released titles like Tell Me and Justice, and on July 7th, 2014 they released a music video for their song Let’s Love.
At the beginning of 2015, signs began to emerge indicating that things were not going well in C Clown Land. One of the most obvious was that Yu Ba Rom changed his Instagram username from @romecclown to @christianyu_ and in April 2015 removed all his pictures from his account. The description of the account was now a cryptic statement, suggesting that the label was trying to turn Yu into something he did not want to be. At first, the fans thought that this was a sign that Yu was leaving the group, and nothing more.
Everything remained uncertain until the label itself issued a public statement on October 4, 2015, announcing that the K-Pop group had disbanded. But it wasn’t all just pessimism. Yedang Entertainment announced that although the band no longer existed, the group’s talents would all remain under its roof. The sixth member of the group, Maru, remained under the agency as a singer, while the rest went into production while talks were being held about forming a new group.
Here’s Everything you Need to Know About the Musician
A lot has changed since the days of C-Clown and Rome. For one thing, Yu Ba Rom has developed further, but he is now more than just a musician. Here are a few things you need to know about him.
1. Christian Yu was a YouTuber Before his C-Clown Days
You wouldn’t blame a man for trying his luck. The dancer cum rapper had obviously heard about the stories of many who became successful in social media and decided to give it a try. However, it didn’t really work out the way he had imagined, and when the C-clown showed up, he seized the opportunity. Before C-clown, Yu was also a member of KBS2’s Let’s Go Dream Team! Season 2.
2. Christian Taught Other Members of the Group English
Ba Rom’s position as a leader and the first member of the group was due to a number of qualities. One of these is that he was fluent in English and could communicate in his native language. This made him the group’s internal English tutor by default.
3. Christian Yu has Gone from Singing to Directing
Yu has been rising since his days as a rapper and dancer for the C-clown. After that, he worked for the independent label DPR (Dream Perfect Regime). He works as director and editor-in-chief of the agency, where he has worked with artists like Bobby from iKon to create some of the best music videos in the country. The agency also has several artists from different music genres on their roster.
4. Christian Yu Still Meets with his Former Group Mates once in a while
It turns out that the dissolution of the C clowns did not ruin the friendship between the members of the group. Christian Yu and the others are all doing their own thing now. Nevertheless, they still take their time to get together and catch up every now and then.